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WHY US

Dr. Oshmi Dutta is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and offers the most up to date technology for diagnosing all your child’s dental needs; with his highly qualified, knowledgeable staff he also provides a very friendly, comfortable environment for you and your child.

 

BABY VISITS

As a pediatric dentist we begin seeing infants as young as 6 months old; this visit will include a full exam, comprehensive discussion about the best practices to reduce ongoing risk and the application of a fluoride varnish. If your child does not have any teeth yet this visit will serve in establishing a dental home for all future preventative and treatment needs. It will also serve as an opportunity to check on your infants oral development. We also provide informative anticipatory guidance that helps in evaluating and monitoring the child. Evaluating the child every 3 months helps in reducing or eliminating the risk of childhood problems such as early childhood caries, digit habits and many others that parents may not be aware.

 

CHILD VISITS

At the age of 3 we begin taking x-rays every 6 months; only with the cooperation of your child. As a board certified pediatric dentist Dr. Dutta excels in making sure your child is comfortable. The comprehensive exams, cleanings and fluoride application are coupled with the use of digital x-rays and pictures to enable a more well rounded and informed diagnosis plan.  It is important to take digital x-rays at an early age to properly diagnose any conditions not visible in an visual exam. Furthermore, they also assist us in evaluating growth and development patterns.  Often times cavities are left undetected due to the lack of pictures. Not only do they detect caries but also, their growth and development patterns. We will also be taking your child’s photograph along with pictures of their teeth for documentation and educational purposes; this will also aid in submitting claims for your insurance, upon request. The child will at this point be introduced to a slightly different dental cleaning experience that will now include the use of dental cleaning instruments. Depending on your child’s oral hygiene and habits we will either continue seeing them every 3 months to continue monitoring closely or they will graduate onto our 6 month re-care program.

 

TEEN VISITS

As soon as your child has entered their teens we will begin to evaluate for the possibility of corrective care with our board certified orthodontist or a referred orthodontist of your choice. We will continue to take any necessary x-rays every 6 months along with their dental cleaning. We recommend in-office preventative care along with your at home regimen. This will aid in the continued reduction of caries.
 

FORMS

We look forward to your visit. First time patients are requested to please review, complete and sign the new patient packet. Returning patients are requested to please review and complete the returning patient packet. We need a complete set of forms for each patient in your family. Simply save the document, open it in Adobe Reader, fill out the forms, and then finally click the Submit Form button. Then just follow the prompts to send the complete form to us via email. If for some reason that isn’t working you can send the completed form yourself to info@worldpediatricdental.com. Can’t email them? No problem! Just print them out and bring in the completed forms on the day of your appointment. If you are unable to take advantage of these links don’t worry all forms can be filled out in person on your visit. Simply come in at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time so we may assist you with the process.
 
All you need is Adobe Reader to view and complete these forms. If you don’t, no sweat—simply download it here.

 

New Patient Forms

New-Patient-Welcome-Forms

General Informed Consent

Initial Visit Consent Form

Non-Covered Service Policy

 

Consent Forms

Informed Consent for Conscious Sedation

 

PRACTICE QUESTIONS

What is a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians on dentistry! A Pediatric Dentist receives two to three years of additional specialty training following four years of dental school. Pediatric dentists provide primary and specialty oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

 

When does my child need their first exam?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children make their first visit to the dentist around the age of their first birthday. Early education and preventive dental care are the most important factors in establishing a lifelong healthy smile.

 

How often does my child need to see the Pediatric Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a check up every six months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. If there are any problems or concerns, Dr. Dutta will let you know if your child will require more frequent visits.

 

What will happen during my child’s exam?
At every exam we will review your child’s health history, and take note of any changes in medications, allergies, or hospitalizations.

 

Our team will clean your child’s teeth, floss, and then perform a fluoride treatment. We will take the necessary x-rays to aid in our exam of your child. Dr. Dutta will provide a thorough clinical exam of your child’s mouth including teeth, tongue, gums and palate. As part of each exam, a review of diet and oral hygiene tailored to your child is performed. After every examination, we provide parents with essential information about your child’s dental health:

 

An assessment of your child’s risk for decay;
An evaluation of your child’s soft tissues and gums;
An evaluation of your child’s bite and dental growth; and
An assessment of your child’s oral health as it pertains to his or her overall health including suggestions about nutrition.

 

Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes. Radiographs (x-rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without x-rays, certain dental conditions can and will be missed because they cannot be seen solely by visual examination. We use only digital x-rays, in which the radiation is significantly lowered compared to traditional x-ray machines.

 

Dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem!

 

Are baby teeth really that important to my child? Won’t they just fall out?
Yes, all baby teeth do typically fall out. However, they have a very big role until that day arrives. Baby teeth help children speak clearly and chew naturally, and they form the path that permanent teeth tend to follow as they begin to erupt. If a baby tooth gets a cavity, this decay can spread through the primary tooth and infect surrounding teeth, including the permanent teeth. Dental decay should not be ignored and should be treated as early as possible.

 

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by Dr. Dutta.

 

What is a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians on dentistry! A pediatric dentist receives two to three years of additional specialty training following four years of dental school. Pediatric dentists provide primary and specialty oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

 

When does my child need their first exam?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children make their first visit to the dentist around the age of their first birthday. Early education and preventive dental care are the most important factors in establishing a lifelong healthy smile.

 

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a check up every six months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. If there are any problems or concerns, Dr. Dutta will let you know if your child will require more frequent visits.

 

What will happen during my child’s exam?

At every exam we will review your child’s health history, and take note of any changes in medications, allergies, or hospitalizations.

 

Our team will clean your child’s teeth, floss, and then perform a fluoride treatment. We will take the necessary x-rays to aid in our exam of your child. Dr. Dutta will provide a thorough clinical exam of your child’s mouth including teeth, tongue, gums and palate. As part of each exam, a review of diet and oral hygiene tailored to your child is performed. After every examination, we provide parents with essential information about your child’s dental health:

 

  • An assessment of your child’s risk for decay;
  • An evaluation of your child’s soft tissues and gums;
  • An evaluation of your child’s bite and dental growth; and
  • An assessment of your child’s oral health as it pertains to his or her overall health including suggestions about nutrition.

 

 

Are dental x-rays safe?

Yes. Radiographs (x-rays) are a vital and necessary part of your child’s dental diagnostic process. Without x-rays, certain dental conditions can and will be missed because they cannot be seen solely by visual examination. We use only digital x-rays, in which the radiation is significantly lowered compared to traditional x-ray machines.

 

Dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem!

 

Are baby teeth really that important to my child? Won’t they just fall out?

Yes, all baby teeth do typically fall out. However, they have a very big role until that day arrives. Baby teeth help children speak clearly and chew naturally, and they form the path that permanent teeth tend to follow as they begin to erupt. If a baby tooth gets a cavity, this decay can spread through the primary tooth and infect surrounding teeth, including the permanent teeth. Dental decay should not be ignored and should be treated as early as possible.

 

Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist.

 

When should I introduce toothpaste into my child’s daily routine?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, start to clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Young children who are unable to rinse and spit on their own can brush with a fluoride-free training toothpaste. As your child develops more oral coordination and control, they can use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice each day. Beyond that, our team counsels parents on recommendations regarding fluoridated toothpaste as your child gets older and develops more oral coordination and control.

 

Do I need to floss my child’s teeth?

YES. It’s always important to clean between teeth, as this is an area where dental diseases frequently develop. For young children, hand-held flossers are adequate to clean between their teeth where a toothbrush does not reach.

 

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?

We would need to evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If the fluoride level is deficient, Dr. Dutta may prescribe fluoride supplements, but only after reviewing any potential sources of fluoride your child is exposed to.

 

Why do you want to know about my child’s diet?

Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chances are for tooth decay. When your child eats between meals, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese. Avoid sticky candy and other foods high in processed sugar or corn syrup. If you have a child who chews gum, make sure it is sugarless!

 

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

First of all, stay calm, and try to find the tooth. Only handle the crown, avoid touching the root, and attempt to reinsert the tooth in the socket. If you’re unable to do so, put the tooth in cold milk, and bring your child and the milk containing the tooth to our office.

 

As a parent, am I allowed to accompany my child during his visit?

Dr. Dutta absolutely welcomes parents into the back during their children’s visits. Only one parent is allowed back with their child, as to not overcrowd the room. However, some children do prefer to have their parents wait in our waiting room. We are truly open to whichever option best fits your family’s needs!

 

When should I introduce toothpaste into my child’s daily routine?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, start to clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Young children who are unable to rinse and spit on their own can brush with a fluoride-free training toothpaste. As your child develops more oral coordination and control, they can use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice each day. Beyond that, our team counsels parents on recommendations regarding fluoridated toothpaste as your child gets older and develops more oral coordination and control.

 

Do I need to floss my child’s teeth?
YES. It’s always important to clean between teeth, as this is an area where dental diseases frequently develop. For young children, hand-held flossers are adequate to clean between their teeth where a toothbrush does not reach.

 

How do I know if my child is getting enough fluoride?
We would need to evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of drinking water. If the fluoride level is deficient, Dr. Dutta may prescribe fluoride supplements, but only after reviewing any potential sources of fluoride your child is exposed to.

 

Why do you want to know about my child’s diet?
Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chances are for tooth decay. When your child eats between meals, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese. Avoid sticky candy and other foods high in processed sugar or corn syrup. If you have a child who chews gum, make sure it is sugarless!

 

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
First of all, stay calm, and try to find the tooth. Only handle the crown, avoid touching the root, and attempt to reinsert the tooth in the socket. If you’re unable to do so, put the tooth in cold milk, and bring your child and the milk containing the tooth to our office.

 

As a parent, am I allowed to accompany my child during his visit?
Dr. Dutta absolutely welcomes parents into the back during their children’s visits. Only one parent is allowed to go back with their child as to not overcrowd the room. However, some children do prefer to have their parents wait in our waiting room. We are truly open to whichever option best fits your family’s needs!

 

World Pediatric Dental
18707 Hardy Oak Blvd San AntonioTexas78258 USA 
 • 210-888-0700
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